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From The CriticsReviewer: Deborah M. King, PTA, CPI (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This workbook, designed as an entry-level text for physical therapy aides, provides review questions and learning activities. It is an update of the 1999 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of rehabilitation. The book is written to meet the needs of entry-level physical therapy aides and is successful in delivering a wide range of topics that should be part of their knowledge base.
Audience: Although it is not written for any particular clinical setting, the book would be most appropriate for those in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes. The author, a licensed vocational nurse with a doctorate in education, has used a review team of PTs and a PTA to compile this broad-based, updated edition.
Features: The book incorporates a variety of information, including a description of the physical therapy profession, career opportunities, the role of the PT aide, and basic anatomy and function of the human body. A color insert provides a well done outline of anatomy and body systems that is clear and detailed, but not overwhelming. Two other sections that stand out are medical terminology and transfers and patient positioning. One area that is lacking is an explanation of the role of the physical therapist (not therapy) assistant. In addition to an associate's degree, PTAs have to pass a state exam and be certified. They play a vital part in implementing the patient's treatment plan and are responsible for much more than administering modalities. The PTA also plays a role in supervising the physical therapy aide.
Assessment: This is a worthy addition to the rehabilitation field. The third edition adds information on administrative procedures, career skills, and job-seeking information for physical therapy aides that was not in the previous editions. This could be a useful guide and reference for a new hires as part of their training program.